Thursday, July 3, 2014


I hope you are wondering where I have been.  My absence began because I had some minor surgery and decided to just sit around quietly and read on the porch to heal and revive my spirit.  That was very satisfying as I had several good books.  Then there were men working on the roof who had to be moving through my studio and I just couldn't face the constant interruptions.  Underneath it all however was the desire to do something different with my work.  I didn't know esactly what I wanted to do, but I couldn't get excited about any of the projects I had ready to go.

I have been gardening quite happily this year after last year's very unpleasant need to remove lots of perrenials for the whole season into pots and cover my garden in order to get rid of the dread Pinellia and Gout weed.  The garden replanted in the fall looks great this year, in spite of the year spent in pots.

While admiring the lovely shades of purple and blue reflected in the swimming pool I realized this is my next painting....and it has to be big.  It is going to require a lot of photos and painting from life to get the colors just right and I will be telling you all about it as I go along.

Here is a photo collage of about twelve images pieced together in Photoshop that is something like what I'm shooting for.  It happens around 7:30 in the morning and will be 40" x 32".  The flowers will fade before I get it finished so my job now is to make enough notes of the colors so that I will be able to get into the final work whatever it is about the color combinations that move me now.